Television viewers pay licenses hoping to gain access to quality programming. Therefore the public broadcaster should not be a channel for vitriolic hate speech or political propaganda by a single party. It should rather be a source of information for all citizens, giving balanced airspace to all political parties. A national broadcaster which acts as a mouth-piece for a particular political party is not worthy of a dime from citizens.
According to Amnesty International, thousands of people within Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe face the threat of mass eviction from homes and forced removal from their market stalls. The organisation's supporters have appealed to the authorities not to proceed with this mass
An estimated 200 people from an informal settlement in the suburb of
Gunhill and thousands of informal traders across Harare face
being forcibly removed without being given adequate notice or any
consultation or due process.
The issue of patronage has been in the news several times over the last few weeks. It seems that many ZANU-PF supporters are jumping on the bandwagon and emulating our leaders. Some of them are used as frontmen for wealthy businessmen, using their contacts within the party to open doors and pave the way for unscrupulous deals. There are risks involved , however, as things may blow up and the dirty linen is aired for all to see as is evident in the following article from SW Radio about Billy Rautenbach and his frontman, Themba Mliswa:
I was sitting in a Commuter Omnibus yesterday, lost in thought when the omnibus stopped at a traffic light. I was close to the window so I looked onto the pavement to observe the people in the street. My attention was drawn by a visually impaired man trying to navigate his way around. I could see it wasn’t easy for him; the pavement was marred by uneven surfaces, and visible holes. I was holding on to my seat fearful that he would fall into one of those holes but he went round them with such ease, I marvelled.
Speaking at a Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe-sponsored dialogue in Harare on 30 Aug 2012 co-chairperson of the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC), Honourable Member of Parliament from ZANU-PF, Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana distanced himself from the Draft Constitution released as a COPAC draft on 18 July 2012. Although Mangwana put his initials on the Draft Constitution, he argues that he never signed it .It is important to understand what it means to put one’s initials on any document or rather what it means to make any mark on a document.
In the wake of the release of the Freedom House [FH] report on Zimbabwe, the Afrobarometer has just released a report that perhaps sheds some light on the probable of party political support in Zimbabwe. Michael Bratton and Eldred Masunungure identify the methodological differences between the FH survey and an earlier Afrobarometer survey. In short, Bratton and Masunungure conclude that fear is a bigger factor than is acknowledged, but also that support for ZANU PF and MDC-T is more evenly split than is the conclusion of the FH study.
Today we have uploaded a copy of a Press Statement released after the recently held SADC Heads of State Summit:
The Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) wishes to express its disappointment with the decision of the 32nd SADC (Southern African Development Community) Summit of Heads of State and Government concerning the future mandate of the SADC Tribunal.
The latest development in the Indigenisation/Land issue in Zimbabwe is the move by several high ranking ZANU-PF officials to take over the Save Conservancy, a world renowned wildlife conservancy in the South East of the country where one of the only remaining black rhino populations in the world still exists. Follow these links to find out more about this extremely sensitive issue:
This is an open letter to MDC concerning their dismissal of the recently published Freedom House Survey carried out by Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI). The survey showed a decrease in popularity for the MDC, and on the other hand it showed that ZANU PF support was on the increase. The MDC party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora was quick to dismiss the results as ‘defective’, instead suggesting that the survey was done in ZANU PF strongholds where MDC supporters feared persecution.